Key Scripture: “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.”
John 13:34 (KJV)
My family and I recently began playing a sweet game called “I love you more than…” The goal of the game is to say that you love someone so much more than the other. It is a very sweet game that our 3 year old seems to love the most. Our games usually go something like this; me: Cordelia, I love you more than I love macaroni and cheese. Cordelia: Wow momma, that’s a lot. I love you more than I love cheese. Me: That is a lot of love, you really love cheese. And the game goes on until someone declares the other the winner. Well, the other night my 3 year old walked up to me and said “
Momma, I love you more than all the laundry in the whole… wide… world. Just so you know that’s a lot, Momma.” Her tender little words got me thinking about the immeasurable amount of laundry in the world and love at the same time, which led me to think about the scripture verse John 13:34 “Love one another as I have loved you”. Like all the laundry in the world, Christ’s love for us is insurmountable. This verse is about more than just the love that Christ has for us. It is more than the instruction that he gives us. It begins with us knowing that our Heavenly Father loved us so much he sent his Son not only to teach us and lead by example, but he sent him to die for us. He sent his son to be resurrected so that we may one day return to live with our Father in Heaven. That sort of love is hard to wrap your mind around. In this scripture Christ is instructing us to remember that we are loved. We are loved more than we can ever imagine. The further instruction is that we are to go out into the world and attempt to love everyone. We are to love everyone without prejudice. Heavenly Father and Christ want us to walk out beyond our comfort zones, battle our demons, and reach out with our hearts to those outside our little walls. When we reach out with love to all those we encounter, we change not only our hearts, but the hearts of those we encounter and in the end, our love is what our pathway to eternity will be paved with.
Love is something that I struggle with. I love to love. I am addicted to it. I love sharing a smile and kind words with everyone I meet, however, it is tiring. In this world we are assaulted on all fronts, and usually our love and how we share it is usually the first to be attacked. Every day my smiles are met with frowns, or “what are you so happy about?”
grumbles. My kind acts are met with “Whys” or “What do I owe you?” Sometimes my character is attacked because in my attacker’s minds, there is not a single person out there who would want to help, or love, or share, or care, for no other reason than the simple pure innocent sake of loving all of God’s children. For those people I always pray. Don’t get me wrong. There are days that I would rather not smile, or hold a door open, or give up my place in line, carry groceries or give of my time. But because of my love for Christ, and my love for my Heavenly Father, and their love for me, I smile when I would rather cry. I hold a door, when I would rather walk through it. I share my place in line, when I would rather get on my way. I give of my heart, my time, and my life, because it is what Christ wants for me. It is what Christ wants for you.
I urge you all to pray individually for the strength to open your hearts and let your walls down. Pray for the confidence to step out in to the world with a heart filled with love. Your lives will be blessed.
Continue reading in your scriptures seeking out verse about love. Look for instruction on how to love, and how to be loved. As you read about the love that Christ has for us and the love that our Father in Heaven has for us, journal about ways that you can reach out with love into the world. Look for the love in your own life and share it.